Paul “The Truth” Pierce watched the Miami Heat celebrate a playoff-series victory against his team, this time as a member of the Brooklyn Nets.
We know the kind of gamer Pierce is and this is not it for the Hall-of-Fame bound forward. Though not his normal self this season, Pierce showed that he can still orchestrate an offense in the half court, as well as have spurts of high-level defense for short stints. There is certainly a market for his services and here are three potential landing spots for Pierce excluding Boston.
Los Angeles Clippers
This is the obvious choice. With Doc Rivers as the head coach and a clear dearth of talent at the small forward level, Pierce could start today for the Clippers, a team that may be one or two pieces away from a title. He also offers them versatility, as he shown the ability to match up with some of the better power forwards in the game. If Blake Griffin or DeAndre Jordan get into any foul trouble, the Clippers would be able to go small with Pierce on the floor. It doesn’t hurt that “The Truth” grew up in the LA region and has been quoted about his desire to play near his hometown.
Kevin Garnett has one more year on his contract and if he decides to play his final season, there will be more incentive for Pierce to stay in Brooklyn. However, the Nets have some work to do in figuring out how their roster is going to look like next year. There are already Deron Williams trade rumors and Pierce may want to be part of a more stable environment.
Maybe a bit of a surprise choice, but the Rockets are going to be looking to move Jeremy Lin and/or Omer Asik this offseason. If so, they could fit Pierce under their salary cap on a one-year contract and he can offer more shooting and stability to an offense that can run itself into the ground. Pierce could play a viable 20 minutes in an up-tempo offense and I am sure coach Kevin McHale would not be against adding a veteran like Pierce to his unit. He could be the missing piece to a Rockets team that isn’t far from being a top -four team in the league.